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Officials Certification 

Training and certification of officials is central to USATF's goal of ensuring fair and safe competitive opportunities for athletes. The training and certification processes promote a serious and professional approach to officiating and demonstrate an official's commitment to excellence. As an official gains experience, exposure to correct officiating practices, and additional training, USATF recognizes this skill development through progressive levels of certification:  Apprentice to National to Master.

Certification Requirements

1.       Be a current year member of USATF – go to this link for the online application and payment
2.       Complete a New Officials Certification, or Recertification Application Form – see the “Forms & Tests” page
3.       Make payment of the certification fee to your certification chair (a $20.00 national fee, plus any additional Association-imposed fee)
4.       Complete the appropriate rules review (open-book test) – see the “Forms & Tests” page
5.       Complete SafeSport training -  see the “Background Check & SafeSport” page
6.       Complete the background check -  see the “Background Check & SafeSport” page
7.       Provide a current photo
8.       Complete any additional requirements established by your association
Note:  a current USATF membership number is required in order to receive credit for the SafeSport Training and the background check.

Certification Regulation

Click here for the current Certification Regulation

Certification Forms and Rules Reviews

Click here for a complete list of Rules Reviews along with the application form for new certifications and recertifications.

Local Certification Chairs

For questions about certification, including how to get certified and the status of your certification, contact your local Association Certification Chair.  Click here for a link to a listing of the Chairs.

Certification Levels

Click here for information on certification levels, upgrade criteria, an upgrade application, and upgrade checklists.

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